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Majoring in Dieting - It's An Ongoing Course

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I feel as if I'm taking a course in dieting. Not Dieting 101 because I've been a dieter unsuccessfully for 40 years. This is grad school and I nearly dropped out during the holidays.

I did so well on the 17DD that I started getting smug. Like an A student who thinks they're smart enough not to have to do the work. I learned from being on this diet that my body doesn't react well to gluten yet what did I do over the holidays? Yup, overindulge in foods with wheat and sugar. I thought "Well, I'll only go off for a couple of days at Thanksgiving". After all, I made stuffing with whole wheat bread! Well, a couple of days turned into looking at the scale on Jan. 2nd and being irritated with myself that I gained back 12 pounds in a little over a month and I was back up over 300 lbs. where I swore I would never be again.

My irritation at myself didn't last long because I knew that I had learned a valuable lesson. The lesson is that I have to keep doing the work and I can no longer use certain foods as a reward. I can't reward myself with pizza - that's like giving an alcoholic a glass of champagne for remaining sober for 6 months. I can't say that I have been so good on my diet that I deserve a homemade cookie (even if I did make them with WW flour and xylitol). One cookie leads to two, which leads to three... well, I am sure you can relate. It's that slippery slope. I can't take a break from doing all the other things that motivate me and keep me on track like meditations, visualizations, mindful eating, etc.

I am fortunate that unlike other times, I got right back on track, because I know what works and what I need to do to make it work. Let's just say I took a semester break and I'm back in the classroom. I didn't drop out. I realize now that I have to stay constantly on my toes. If this is truly a lifestyle change, then I have to imprint that in my brain. I can never go back to eating highly processed foods unless I want to lose all progress made. I have to continue to daily do the things that keep me motivated - no skipping class.

I am committed to eating healthy and I am glad for the continued support of my team members; without Sparkpeople I doubt that I would have gotten back on track, despite the fact that the diet works. It's not just the food we put in our mouths, but all the other tools and techniques we utilize that will make us a success story. I have a long way to go to graduate, but I think I got a passing grade on my first semester.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 3/22/2012 10:40AM

    I don't like the word "'diet" any more than I like the word "goal" You are a light to many people!

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LILSPARKGIRL 1/21/2012 3:39PM

    Good for you! It's so much easier to quit. I love that you are a like student who WILL earn their degree - it's not easy!

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    Thanks for being so candid here. This blog really resonates for me ... and others from the looks of it. The holidays present so many challenges --- it seems like this post-holiday period is challenging as well as we try to reflect and regroup. I thank you for your openness and your honesty and for sharing this valuable lesson that you've learned. It gives me a lot to think about. emoticon

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JUSTAGIRL45 1/15/2012 4:17PM

I have also given up so many times.
Good for you for recognizing the problem and getting back on track! You know what to do and your doing it!
Maybe we can graduate together.


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BYTHEGRACE 1/13/2012 4:58PM


So SCARY that as mere morals we can be so easily tempted, let go of hard learned lessons, veer off tried and true paths and seek self imposed reprieve in exchange for what turns out to be of small satisfaction. BUT so heartening to hear the path back is readily attainable, the choice clear and the decision easy.

Disappointment over numbers...temporary; Accountability...cleansing; lessons learned...absolutely priceless! RISE ABOVE emoticon deb

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BLESSEDBEING 1/13/2012 12:01AM

    I agree, this is a very powerful blog, and one that I will share with several of my teams. emoticon for reflecting so profoundly on frustrating and disappointing situation, and finding the "valuable lesson" and expressing it so clearly to us all.

I have had to be really honest with myself. What can I reduce, and what must I eliminate? I've eliminated alcohol (2 years sober!), and I cannot buy a bag of chips. I will eat chips that come with a sandwich and love them, but I can't stop when there's a large quantity. And finding non-food rewards and means of soothing myself have really helped to.

I'm so glad you've kept your perspective and chosen to learn the lessons and not give up. And I appreciate you sharing these lessons with the rest of us. I firmly believe you will reach your goals! emoticon emoticon
Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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GETTINGTHINNER2 1/12/2012 11:48PM

    So true, Gabby, so true. I am still struggling to regain my committment and my control over myself. This blog really helps me to see I am not alone and to view it in a different light.
Thank you!

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DANCINCAJUN1 1/12/2012 9:27PM

    Fantastic blog .... the comparison is so true to life ... it is going to school and doing well so we can graduate .... I have to admit I would not be very successful if I didn't Spark every day .... it keeps me on track ! again, a great blog ! Roc

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CARLANNIE 1/12/2012 6:32PM

    Oh, Gabbie, you and I have the same reaction to gluten and sugar. And it sounds just like I may have written that blog myself! It's time to buckle down - yet, it's so hard to get that darn sugar out of my system. But as I recall from be successful with the 17DD, too, I felt so much better with it gone. Yep, I remember I have to paste that thought in front of my glasses so I can keep it in the forefront of my brain each day? Probably.

So here's three cheers to you getting past the self indulgent holidays and back to the self indulgent Studies. No time like the present to get 'er done!

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 1/12/2012 3:23PM

    Kudos, Gabby, for a well-thought out and well-written blog! It's enlightening to read about others journeys ... including their successes, and temporary "semester breaks." (I've had that same "holiday semester break" as you---time to get back on track!!!)

I so appreciate my Spark delightful friends; like you!


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TRUTHNOW2 1/12/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon on not getting irritated AND getting back on track!!!! Those are both HUGE things. And, yes, it is like a graduate coursework leading to an advanced degree. And you are certainly beyond well on your way to earning your degree and learning (and teaching) so much on your way.

I have earned my BS, MS, and post master's PD (halfway to a doctorate) but stopped when life derailed me. But, now from your post, I realize maybe I am also on the way to another degree. One that will so prepare me for the rest of my life. I'll have to think of good initials for this one.

You continue to inspire. Thank you, Gabby.
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CHALLENGER15 1/12/2012 12:54PM

    I like your break and school analogy! And yes, I think our Spark friends help so very much.


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17DD Success, Gluten Avoidance and Vit D

Thursday, November 17, 2011

This a repeat of a 17DD topic post. Most of my 17DD team members know that I'm constantly cautioning members when they add gluten back in to their diets on Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 (like Dr. Mike's power cookies which have oatmeal and whole wheat). For those who don't know the first 17 day cycle is a cleansing cycle and eliminates most processed foods. At least once a day when someone wants tips for those cycles, or if someone complains about not losing weight I urge them to keep a food diary and notice how their body reacts when they add back in certain starches that contain gluten. Now I have confirmation that I was correct.

I went to my rheumatologist for my bi-annual check up for my fibromyalgia. Of course, he congratulated me on my weight loss (60 lbs since he last saw me). my excellent numbers for blood test results and my lower blood pressure. He actually gave me a real physical pat on the back.

I told him all about Sparkpeople (he wrote it down to suggest it to other patients), and I explained all about the 17DD. I told him in detail what foods were allowed in each cycle. He nodded his head knowingly, when I told him that I don't lose weight when I eat oatmeal or whole wheat, even if my calorie count is under 1200 calories. He questioned me how else I felt when I ate those foods and I explained that my cravings and hunger return, and I have also gotten stomach aches.

When I told him that I feel better on this diet than I have in years because I have less pain and have more energy, he said that there were two major reasons for my feeling better:

1. My Vitamin D level is now 47 which is great. It had been dangerously low (below 20) six months ago. He said everyone in the Northern Hemisphere should take Vit D supplements and told me to continue taking 4000 mg /day. (Google Vit D deficiency)

2. NO GLUTEN - He said that the main reason I feel better is because I have eliminated Gluten. He explained that Gluten can cause pain and inflammation among a lot of other things.
The nutritionist yesterday, also mentioned gluten. She blames the problem not just on gluten from processing, but also the GMO wheat they use in the U.S. She said that she eliminated it from her diet 7 years ago and feels a lot better since doing so.

So, forgive me if I sound like a broken record and keep mentioning gluten sensitivity. I think it may be at the root of a lot of our problems with weight and ill health. You don't have to be diagnosed with Celiac disease to have a problem with gluten. Next time the scale goes up, don't just assume it's because of sodium. Ask yourself if you ate anything with gluten. Check the list. You'll be surprised at how many things have gluten besides the obvious grains - like soy sauce and even yogurt!

Healthy eating!

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UNIQDRGNFLY 2/29/2012 9:37PM

    Congrats on your weight loss. I had a Vit D3 level of 9 at one time. I caution people who live in the south because they can have that same problem.

Hope you are doing well!!!

Warm regards,

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GYMRAT_AT44 2/16/2012 9:51AM

    Thanks for sharing... just got done with competition, which of course that diet removes most of the items listed on the link you provided, and of course, I felt great. Over the holidays, alot of that stuff was back in my diet and I now feel horrible... tested for Celiac came back negative, but I do believe it is gluten sensitivity based on my food journals... seeing specialist next week.

I am like you, I believe in those food journals! They take time, but can be a true eye opener.

Again, thanks for sharing.

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INKEDPETALS45 2/16/2012 9:38AM

    Congrats on the 60 lb loss! Thats a terrific accomplishment. Something to be very proud of.

I too have discovered my sensitivity to gluten. A little over 4 years ago, I went gluten free. AMAZING!! So many (not all) of my health issues went away. Not immediately, mind you, but over time. Our grocery shopping trips are very lengthy because we read EVERY label. I try not to eat anything from cans, but its very difficult not to. Unfortunately, our move to Texas where they FRY everything has bumped me back into eating things I shouldnt. Thanks for the reminder!!

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KELLIGIRL523 2/16/2012 9:11AM

    Great info! Thank so much for sharing!

Way to go on releasing the 60 pounds. Super!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/20/2011 2:05AM

    Wow! Congratulations on the 60 pounds gone! that's pure awesomeness!

And much as I would hate to agree but I know I feel better if I lay off the processed wheat products (I live in Kansas, among the top wheat producer states in the USA - just call me "Benedict Arnolda").

I really suspect I'm NYD on the Celiac thing... "Not Yet Diagnosed". I really really need to start me a food diary that also tracks how I feel, how my ears and eyes do etc. I've noticed eating too much junk and I won't be able to see well the next few days, especially if I'm inactive the same day. If I've gotten out and walked or had other exercise, it's not so bad. Also some foods and then within a few minutes of eating them, I start having tinnitus. I'm already deaf, so I need tinnitus like I need another hole in the head...

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CARLANNIE 11/19/2011 10:34AM

    I know your doc is VERY proud of you - us, too! 60 pounds down - that's totally awesome, young lady!!!

I'm chiming in here because, much to my dismay, I absolutely agree with you about the gluten sensitivity. My tastebuds LOVE breads and pastries and crackers and all things glutenny. But my digestive system certainly doesn't. I seem to be a slow learner and find myself reverting back to my old ways, which is destructive. Why I can't learn is a mystery, but one I need to keep vigilant about.

I also agree with you about the Vit D - I have been taking 5000 a day for about 2 years now and it brings my levels just up to the bottom of the Good category. It's a great supplement. I'm going to go check out your link now.

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CHICAGOHOPE 11/17/2011 9:43PM

    Congratulations on the wonderful doctor report. Your weight loss is something to be quite proud of. I too have had a problem in the past with gluten and am still learning about the food that it is hidden in.

Keep up the great work!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/17/2011 9:35PM

    how very interesting ... thank you for the info ... and total congrats on losing 60 pounds ... that is terrific my friend !! Roc
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NYMORNINGGLORY 11/17/2011 1:14PM

    Brava on the great report from the doctor, on the weight loss success, and for this post in general! So informative!

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First Goal Accomplished

Friday, September 02, 2011

I am finally under 300lbs.! I had tears in my eyes when I saw that I was 299lbs. this morning. That's 50 pounds lost since January, and 39 of those pounds lost since the end of April when I joined Sparkpeople and began the 17 Day Diet. I started off losing quickly, but the loss has slowed to 1.5 - 2.5 pounds per week. In the past, I wouldn't have been happy with that per week loss. I would have been discouraged because I wanted the weight to just magically melt off quickly. If I didn't keep seeing fast results, I would just give up. My last blog in July expressed that frustration and I almost did quit.

First, thank you to all my Spark friends who encouraged me to persevere and continue to support me.

I added other things to my tool box to help me on my way:
- I've learned that a slow loss per week doesn't matter as much as the fact that this diet is so doable. It feels so natural to eat like this, that I don't mind being on it. It's when I feel deprived on a diet that I want a fast result to show on the scale. Those aren't the diets you can stay on for life. I can eat like this for the rest of my life.
- I continually try to practice mindful eating. If I don't, I mindlessly shovel food into my mouth long after my hunger is satisfied.
- I identified my triggers i.e. those things that led me to eat when I wasn't truly hungry, like watching TV at night or various emotions. I made a list and next to them wrote alternate things to do besides eat. For example, at night while watching TV, I keep my hands busy with crochet or I just chew sugar free gum. When I want to eat something outside of meal times, I have learned to ask myself what I'm feeling. Is it an emotion making me crave something or is it true hunger?
- I've learned to read how my body reacts to the food I eat. I discovered that I really don't tolerate wheat well.
- I've learned that processed foods and artificial sweeteners are to be avoided because they increase my hunger and cravings.
- I've learned that splurging is much better than cheating. In the past, on other diets, I would "cheat" and then figure that since I already "blew it", I might as well over- indulge for the rest of the day. Then I'd feel overwhelmed with guilt and just quit because I felt like a failure.
Now if there's something I have a craving for, I tell myself that I will allow myself to have it tomorrow. I know that I can at least wait 24 hours. When morning comes, my urge is gone. There are times when I plan ahead to splurge for one meal on one day (maybe once a month). I don't keep bingeing all day. I don't feel guilty afterwards, because it was planned. It actually helps me stay on track.
- Finally, I've learned that the scale is not the only barometer of success. It also matters that I feel better physically and I've gone down several sizes. If the scale doesn't show a loss every 3 days, I'm not going to get discouraged, because I know that it will eventually move down.

I'm aware that I have a lot more to lose, but I have also learned that it's a long road race not a short track. All my little victories add to my self esteem. Everytime I don't quit, everytime I resist eating something not on my plan, it adds to my confidence. If I keep track of all my little victories and successes, no matter how small or insignificant they seem at the time; I can draw from those whenever I need motivation. I have faith now that I can eventually reach the finish line.

Thank you all again!

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GT2SMILE 10/18/2011 11:55AM

    Hello! I'm back on Sparkpeople after waiting for my knee to heal, and had to see how you were doing. I love this post! Thank you for it! I learned new tips on how to "stick with it" ( I love the waiting 24 hours idea), and you motivated me to move forward. Congrats on your success!! Way to go!

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GABBY308 10/6/2011 11:32AM

    Not 89 yet - I meant that most of the weight I lost on the 17DD.

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JBINGLE 10/5/2011 8:30PM

    What an inspirational blog. It doesn't get easier as we age. So it truly is a struggle. You lost 89 lbs. WOW. All I can say is you are doing it right. So glad I have met you. emoticon

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TERRIREDUX 9/26/2011 5:27PM

    how ever did i miss your blog about this wonderful event? I knew you had made your goal...I was sure I had congratulated you, but now I can't find any evidence of that...


forgive me my friend for being so very late to the game!!

I am so proud of you! What a great accomplishment and I'm so glad to be along side of you on your journey!

love you!!

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CHICAGOHOPE 9/21/2011 12:52AM

    What a wonderful post! I am sorry that it took a while to catch up with you. This has really been a life altering year for you. You should really be proud of the personal improvement you have gained these last few months. Congratulations on your sucess, and I look forward to your next great milestone.

Keep up the great work. What is being changed on the inside is being reflected on the outside.

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BLESSEDBEING 9/8/2011 6:13PM

    Yes, yes, yes! May the emoticon continue! emoticon

I am (naturally) a firm believer in babysteps--consistent small changes that add up to big progress over time. I always worry when I hear friends make grandiose plans that basically involve being perfect, because they want to be better or different right away. Not a recipe for success, especially in the long run.

And I heartily endorse tooting your own horn emoticon and celebrating all victories! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 9/7/2011 9:23PM

    Congratulations Gabby on your wonderful success. Your ability to articulate the learning that you have taken from your journey is inspiring.

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HAPPYLOSER49 9/6/2011 7:47AM

    Hurrah, Gabby!!! I am so happy for you! Your perseverance is paying off. You are such an encouragement and inspiration to all of us and you deserve the success you have had!

Thanks for sharing your victories!!

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ANGELLINDA 9/3/2011 6:29PM

    My dear sweet friend Gabby. When I came into Sparkpeople again after being gone for about a year, you were one of the first people I met on the 17DD. We have been friends ever since and I truly believe we will be friends until one of us goes to heaven to wait for the other to come up and join them. It may be the only time we do meet, but what a meeting that will be eh?
You bring the gum and I'll bring the Fig Balsamic Vinegrette lol.
I am sooooo looking forward to sharing more laughter and more tears over this diet with you and over life in general. You are a super person Gabby and I am sooooooo very proud of you and I am sooooooooo very happy to call you my friend.

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CHRIS-206 9/2/2011 4:37PM

    wow, what an inspiration you are!

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DANCINCAJUN1 9/2/2011 3:09PM

    What a FANTASTIC Blog my Spark Friend .... you go gurlie !! Roc
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DAISYBUG1972 9/2/2011 2:03PM

  Gabby!!!! I'm so excited for you. What an amazing accomplishment and journey! I agree with you about living this way forever and I too find it very doable. Are you going to reward yourself in some way for hitting this awesome goal??? Way to go girl!!!

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CARLANNIE 9/2/2011 1:20PM

    Woohoo! Think of all these great things you've learned, in really just a short amount of time. Awesome! I, too, have found that my body doesn't get along well with the wheat products. Not always, but sometimes. And I've also learned that when I have bread or rolls or whatnot, I really crave MORE. Not good. Keep on keepin' on, kiddo - YOU ARE DOING THIS!!!! emoticon

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LADYANDREA2012 9/2/2011 1:05PM

    This is a lovely, inspiring and very uplifting Blog. You really are inspiring me and giving me hope that I will, like you get to the finishing line. You made my day with this Blog. I was really┐y down, today, feeling so lonely, so sad and so hopeless and now, after reading your Blog I am looking forward to identify my small victories and celebrate my 25 pounds loss. Thank you so such a good Blog. You are doing greta, so keep at it, You can and will do this, and I will be right by you, holding your hand and cheering you up!!!!

Big Hugs,

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FUNKYG1 9/2/2011 11:57AM

    emoticon What an inspiration you are to myself and others on the same journey. Thank you so much for your blog, I can only hope to achieve some of what you have. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEEZLA 9/2/2011 11:50AM

    emoticon this blog inspires me to keep going. i struggle with the same challenges.

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3 Months to a New Habit

Saturday, July 23, 2011

They say that it takes 30 days to create a pattern of behavior and 90 days to create a habit.

This is so true for me. I started getting random thoughts of quitting this 17DD plan that I am on, yesterday. Not just cheating - I was thinking about other diets to try. Now, this is completely irrational; because, this diet is working for me. I lost 30 lbs. That's more than I have lost in years. I feel better. I have no cravings and no hunger. I have more energy. So where were these thoughts of quitting coming from?

I looked at the calendar this morning. I thought that I had started the plan in May, but I actually started April 23rd. That's exactly 3 months. My Waterloo.

Starting a new diet follows a pattern for me. In the beginning, I'm excited. I'm on my best behavior andtry to follow the diet faithfully. At the same time, I want it to be easy. Most of the time, I never make it past the first week, if I encounter any difficulty. If I start to see immediate results, I'm happy and more determined. Next comes the "honeymoon" stage where I'm still seeing results, the diet is still fairly new and not boring, and I'm still making every effort to be 100% compliant.

Then I begin to be complacent. I gradually stop doing what made me successful in the beginnning. Old patterns begin to emerge. If I haven't quit before then, they peak at the 3 month mark. I start looking for the easy way again. I typically sabotage myself, before giving up completely. I start debating the merits of the diet I'm on, especially if I hit a plateau. In this case, I thought that a 10 lbs loss per month wasn't good enough. I had planned on losing 12 lbs. per month. I start bargaining with myself. I tell myself that I've been doing so well, that I don't need to follow a diet. I can eat healthy on my own with no plan, or one that I design for myself. Before I know it, I've not only quit the diet, but I've gone back to my old eating habits and gained back every pound that Ihad lost (and more). It's not just dieting. I do the same thing if I have a new hobby or interest. I'm excited for about 3 months and then my attention wanes. I quit and I may never do it again.

At least in the past, that's what happened. Not this time. This time, I know that it's totally up to me. The 17 Day diet is a good one that I should be able to stick with. It's not the diet - it's me. Sometimes it's just overwhelming to be aware of how long it's going to take to lose this weight and be fit. How can I gain 10lbs in one week, but it takes one month to lose it? I have to realize that it's not going to be easy, but it's doable. It's all on me. There is no easy way and I just have to "suck it up" and do it.

To get through this 3 month hurdle, I just have to start practicing again, what helped me to begin this diet - self hypnosis and specific visualizations. I have to read my list of triggers again and follow through with what I wrote down to counteract them. I have to look at my vision board. I need to reframe my thoughts from a negative to a positive i.e. instead of giving in to bad habits at the 3 month mark - it is the date that I made a new pattern of behavior (dieting) a good habit.

I have to utilize Sparkpeople. I posted on my team message board that I needed support and in my status and I'm blogging. The support I get from my Sparkfriends is really what will propel me over this hurdle and help me keep pressing on.

Already, friends responded with words of encouragement that brought tears to my eyes. They reminded me to look at the big picture - to look at what I have accomplished so far. Instead of being discouraged that I only lost 30 lbs., I should be proud that I made it to this point and lost 30 lbs. I should remember how much better I feel, and think about how much better I will feel, when I'm at my healthy weight. To keep in mind it's not a sprint, but a marathon, that I can win. With friends like that, how can I give up? I CAN DO THIS

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NADJAZZ 1/14/2012 2:05PM

    I found your page in the list of motivating Spark pages...I know this blog is old, but it describes what I am going through right now! Thanks for the encouragement!

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/8/2011 11:17PM

    What a fantastic blog .... !!! ..... you are doing great ! Roc
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GAIIAGIIRL 7/25/2011 2:02PM

    The 17 Day Diet is working wonders for you, so I hope you stick with it. 30 lbs is an amazing accomplishment!! You will reach your goal, one pound at a time. Of course it will take time, but nothing great in life comes easy. This experience will change your life forever. Once you achieve your goals, you'll always know you can do it, and you'll feel as though you could do ANYTHING. Stay strong, stick with it and keep smiling. You've been a great source of inspiration to many others on the 17DD, hopefully we can take on that role and inspire you to keep moving forward.

Even though the 17DD didn't work out for me, you've been more encouraging to me than anyone else has been on this site. I hope you know that you have an impact on people all over the world simply by sharing your story here on SparkPeople.

Stay strong, we're all behind you

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KALIGIRL 7/25/2011 9:33AM

    Practice makes perfect - that and using Spark sounds like a emoticonplan!

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G.I.JANE 7/24/2011 5:10PM

    You CAN do this!!!!! I like the ideal of self hypnosis and specific visualizations. You have inspired me. emoticon emoticon

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MARYHOLMAN 7/24/2011 12:25PM

    Are you talking about the 17 Day Diet Book?

I never in my life was successful at sustaining any weight loss that I achieved by following a diet from a book-I always got bored with those diets anyway.
I'm happy that you are doing so well and I am not advising you to stop by any means.

However, if I were you, I'd go for a balanced diet getting your recommended daily calories and nutrients.
Have you ever visited a dietitian?

You do have all my support. Good Luck emoticon

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CARLANNIE 7/24/2011 10:06AM

    YOU CAN DO THIS! You are doing this. And as much as we 'd like it to be a sprint, it is, indeed, a marathon, taking each day at a time, one foot in front of the other. Your sentiments about the mentality that goes along with 'dieting' is right on for probably 99% of us, except most people quit their diet the first week out, and here you are beginning your 4th month - awesome!

As for your expectations of losing 12 lbs. a month and coming up short with 10 - how would you advise me if I felt deflated by those stats? You wouldn't tell me to throw in the towel because I had 'failed' to reach my goal. Nope. You'd probably tell me what an accomplishment it was to achieve that much! Kudos and high fives all around!

Seems to me you're experiencing a normal diet burnout, so to speak. Maybe it's time to find some new recipes to include in your routine to add some variety and spice to your eating? Switch up your exercise, too, and try something new. You've got too many friends around here to let you jump ship and board another Diet Plan. Sorry, but not gonna happen! emoticon

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TERRIREDUX 7/23/2011 10:20PM

    Whatever you need from me - If you need to be carried, then I shall carry you. You have my support and you have my friendship. You have given me so much - your support, your drive, your success - they help me get through day after day.

You know I'm here for you - hang in there my friend! You are doing great!

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ANGELLINDA 7/23/2011 10:08PM

    My dear sweet are not alone in the way you are feeling you have just hit that Wall of pain they talk about in Fat Loser. You are one of the strongest people in this group and I KNOW you can do this. You HAVE to do this for you and you alone. I need you to do this for you. Just as I need to do this for me.
Together we are a team and there is no I in team. So together we will see this through. I am here for you as I know you are here for me.
Be strong my friend, you can do anything for 17 days.

I love you.

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 7/23/2011 10:05PM

    Gabby, I found your friendship through the 17DD team, which I highly value. And I'm not the only one that feels this way!!!

You really ARE inspirational to so many of us on this team; you are like a treasured "gift!"

From my heart to yours...
Susy in Kansas City

P.S. Bet ya didn't know I could get so sappy, huh?

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CHICAGOHOPE 7/23/2011 8:01PM

    I know I sent you a PM, but after reading your blog I want to encourge you to get back in the race/game. You are a wonderful role model and some who provides great support to all of us. We all know that this is a journey and sometimes there are detours along the way, but as with any detour you are always put back on the path that you were on. Continue to fight the good fight - you are worth it! You have come so far. I will be praying for you and waiting to hear of your great successes. I will rejoin you once my detour (move to LV) is complete.

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JKTENTATIVE 7/23/2011 7:14PM

    Yes you can!! And also - don't only focus on the finish line. Look for ways to enjoy each day - your increased energy, the way your clothes are fitting you, and how you look in the mirror. If you enjoy the journey it will make it easier to reach your destination!

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JULIE99S 7/23/2011 6:34PM

    It sounds like we are cut from the same cloth, Gabby. Both with the dieting and hobbies (and I get a lot of flack from my DH about the hobby thing :P)

You are amazing and have done such a great job. We are all here for you, and you are 110% correct... YOU CAN DO THIS!!

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LADYANDREA2012 7/23/2011 6:05PM

    I love your biog and can relate to you so much, but please, keep doing what you were doing and keep it up. You are doing a great job. Go to the supermarket and get 30 pounds of butter and look at them as the same as you achievement. Look what they look like together. That big is your achievement!!!! Look how far have you come and look what will you loose and come into you body if you leave your plan right now. Keep it up. You can do this. You deserve to keep taking care of self!!! I am here to cheer you up!!!

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JAGRIF 7/23/2011 5:41PM

    Thirty pounds! You are amazing! You have inspired me!

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Diet, Diet, Diet, Diet

Thursday, July 07, 2011

There - I feel like a little kid saying a swear word. Who started giving the word diet a bad rap? Some fat orange cat who said " Diet" was the word "Die" with a "T", in the Sunday comics? I am so tired of seeing people comment on blogs with the pretentious words "diets don't work - only portion control and exercise are the way to go" or "you shouldn't be on a "diet" you should be on a "lifestyle plan". "Diets" don't work.

Get over yourselves. You're eating food right? That's a diet. Whether you're eating food to lose weight or eating food to live - the food you eat still comprises a diet. In other words a "diet" is a lifestyle plan, by definition.

Now for the word "fad". That just means a diet that " is embraced very enthusiastically for a short time". It doesn't necessarily mean that it is unhealthy. Just that people have a short attention span. I just lost 28lbs. on a "fad diet", because it's a plan that has gone viral. In a while, some other plan will have everyone crazed over it. For me, it's not a temporary fix - it's healthy, whole, nutrient rich, food for life. It's my permanent "dieta" or way of life.

There are a lot of unhealthy eating plans out there. The diet industry is a billion dollar industry because most fat people are looking for a quick fix. If you read in a blog that someone is only eating bananas and leafy greens, then by all means politely suggest they see a nutritionist, a shrink or a zookeeper. Remind them that the ones who are successful DIETERS are those that choose healthy foods for the long term. They don't just eat healthy, lose their weight and go back to eating junk. Their healthy "diet" is their way of life.

So all you people who slam the word "diet" as soon as you see it in print -give it a rest.

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JENNYJENN18 8/13/2011 10:42AM

    LOVE IT!!! emoticon

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MOMOFJTEAM 7/22/2011 5:02PM

    I am currently doing the 17 DD and I had a family member say to me... "how are you doing with your diet"... "I hope that isn't a fad diet"...

Does it matter what it is? Honestly - her comments did nothing but motivate me even more to prove her wrong.

I'm so glad someone else feels the same way! THANK YOU for posting this! emoticon emoticon

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JULIE99S 7/21/2011 9:42PM

    Well said! Bravo!

I was reading some threads about 17DD around the site the other day, and one member said they didn't need to buy a book to tell them how to lose weight. Yet, right under their name was the "I bought the Spark" book avatar...

Oh, yes, I had a chuckle at the irony.

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TERRIREDUX 7/21/2011 2:28PM

    I agree and couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you!

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DTSOBEL 7/20/2011 6:08PM

    WTG! on your loss. I agree with what you said. The 17 day diet is a balanced eating plan.

I hate the ads that are running now how diets don't work and therefore people should have surgery to fix the problem (the lapband). There are no quick fixes.

Keep up the great job!

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    emoticon Gabby! emoticon on your weight shedding so far. emoticon job


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JKTENTATIVE 7/8/2011 10:58AM interesting and provocative blog!! I have given much thought to this concept...yet sometimes forget some of the basics. Yes - it is all about perspective. And, I agree it is key to focus on eating healthy, nutritious foods for the long term!

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DAISYBUG1972 7/8/2011 7:53AM

  Amen sister! The 'judgy' looks I get when I tell people I am on a diet tick me off. A diet is a way of eating and I agree - I am in this for the long haul. This is the first diet I can actually see sticking to long term, that allows for any kind of food I want in moderation and doesn't insist I never eat bread again. Exercise alone will not help much if you don't change your diet...and I blame Garfield too! Damn cat. emoticon

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DLG0505 7/8/2011 3:25AM

    Woo hoo Gabby! And I lost 10 pounds on a diet! It is what it is and it is a diet!

Great job on your weight loss!

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 7/7/2011 11:29PM

    Yay Gabby. Great blog and congratulations on your weight loss. emoticon

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CHRISS1225 7/7/2011 10:01PM

    Hi gabby! I think you have a good grasp on things. I think we can also consider our diet as personalized and individual. For myself, I know the things I need to avoid in my diet because I just do not have control yet. Cashews for example are very healthy but are a big problem for me. When some people want to pick apart my diet I find myself telling them that it's working for my body. Just like we all know that wheat products are very healthful for most people, except people who have gluten allergies. Great post!

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/7/2011 9:36PM

    good job Gabby


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GABBY308 7/7/2011 7:26PM

    Actually, I'm not getting negative input anymore. It's what I've been reading on other member's blogs, and articles and even TV programs. It just really started to bug me. It's all Garfield's fault emoticon

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CARLANNIE 7/7/2011 6:54PM

    Sorry you're experiencing negative input out there. Must be from those who aren't doing what needs to be done to get themselves into that healthy zone. Congrats to you for those 28 pounds down - awesome!!! emoticon

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GETUP-N-GOGIRL 7/7/2011 5:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Bravo! Well-stated.

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CLDYMENT 7/7/2011 5:53PM

    I like this. I think consumers have to be aware sometimes that just because something says "diet" or "lowfat" it doesnt make it a healthy choice. Good luck on your journey!

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VEUVEGIRL 7/7/2011 5:52PM

    Well said!

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